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Moscow blamed repeated sanitary infringements by Polish farmers, but the move was widely seen at the time as retaliation for Poland's staunch support of Ukraine in its fight with pro-Russian separatists and Warsaw's push within the European Union for tougher sanctions on Russia. "This is not about an infringement of any quality norms; the decision is strictly political," Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki told Reuters. "Russia is abusing (sanitary) regulations for political reasons," Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told a news conference. The ban represented a targeted strike against the biggest producer of apples in Europe, underscoring the EU's vulnerability to retaliation as the bloc turns the screws on the Russian economy, hoping to force President Vladimir Putin to drop his support for rebels trying to break away from Kiev. The EU and United States have slapped sanctions on allies of Putin, businessmen close to the Kremlin and most recently the Russian energy, defense and banking sectors. This week Russia acknowledged its true motives. Putin signed a decree on Wednesday ordering economic retaliation against any country which had imposed the sanctions. Then on Thursday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced sweeping bans on fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the United States, the EU, Australia, Canada and Norway, effective one year. Medvedev also said he was considering banning flights by EU and U.S. airlines through Russian airspace to the Asia-Pacific region, responding to the grounding of a subsidiary of Russian national carrier Aeroflot. This was forced by the cancellation of a leasing agreement for the budget airline's fleet due to the EU sanctions. Banning such flights over Siberia would hurt Aeroflot, which gets the fees foreign airlines pay for the right, but it would also inflict significant costs on European carriers which would be forced to fly longer routes and burn more fuel. WINNERS AND LOSERS Russia has traditionally reserved such punishment for upstart members of its ex-Soviet backyard which are not part of the EU, but trying to get there; these include the likes of Georgia and Moldova, which have both suffered from Russian import bans on their popular wines. With the EU and United States frozen out, others stand to gain from the huge Russian market. Timothy Ash, head of emerging market analysis at Standard Bank, noted the potential for pork and fruit exporters in Serbia, the dairy and meat sector in Belarus, fruit and vegetables from Armenia - each country well-placed due to their traditional ties with Russia. "Inevitably, there will be some winners," Ash said in a note. Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov said on Thursday that Russia planned to step up imports of Brazilian meat and cheese from New Zealand. The import bans would also be discussed with Kazakhstan and Belarus. Brazilian producers have already said they could ship more chicken to Russia.
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Sutterfield made a deal with federal prosecutors Monday to resign and never serve in law enforcement again in exchange for dropped charges. He was charged with use of excessive force stemming from a July 2013 arrest. He had faced up to 10 years in prison. Sutterfield also agreed to relinquish his Arkansas law enforcement certification. The prosecutors can initiate the criminal case against Sutterfield if the conditions of the agreement aren't met. Information from: The Baxter Bulletin, http://www.baxterbulletin.com Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Most Popular StoriesMost Popular Stories More>> Wednesday, August 6 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-08-07 02:28:23 GMT A festival scheduled for last weekend never happened despite planning and fees paid by vendors.
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Ward Group Study Shows Heightened Focus on Premium Audit Practices at P&C Commercial Lines Carriers - Yahoo Finance
Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done CarePoint Health Reaches Labor Accord at Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City CarePoint Health 1 hour ago 0 shares Done JERSEY CITY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CarePoint Health announced today that it has successfully reached new labor agreements with healthcare workers at Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) and Christ Hospital in Jersey City. The agreements, covering 850 registered nurses and other health care workers at BMC and 400 registered nurses at Christ Hospital, were ratified Wednesday by locals 5185 and 5186 of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) union. CarePoint Health is very pleased that we have brought our negotiations with HPAE to resolution without any labor disruption affecting hospital patients, workers, or the communities we serve, said Jennifer Dobin, Vice President of Human Resources at CarePoint Health. The contracts with BMC and Christ Hospital both have a one-year term, expiring on June 30, 2015. CarePoint Health and the union reached terms on the contracts in the early hours of July 31, following an extended bargaining session. Among the many issues resolved in the new contracts are those relating to compensation, retirement benefits, health insurance contributions, and hospital staffing.
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Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Ward Group Study Shows Heightened Focus on Premium Audit Practices at P&C Commercial Lines Carriers Ward Group 6 hours ago 0 shares Content preferences Done CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - Aug 7, 2014) - Ward Group , an Aon Hewitt company and the leading provider of benchmarking and best practices research studies for the insurance industry, today released findings from its study of premium audit practices at property-casualty commercial lines carriers.The study examined the structure and performance of premium audit operations amidst the growth of direct premiums written in U.S. commercial lines.A diverse group of 38 companies participated in the research and results showed a noticeable increase in executive level focus on premium audit practices over the past three years. "Given the increase in direct premiums written in the commercial lines market, company leaders are looking more closely at the efficiency of their premium audit practices to find opportunity to improve profitability," noted Jeff Rieder, partner and head of Ward Group. "The benchmark comparisons and insight into premium audit practices available in the study will help companies more effectively evaluate their premium audit operations." The study analyzed staffing for premium audit functions as well as cost, frequency, type and resources used to conduct premium audits.Participants in the study reported an average of 1.7 percent net additional commercial lines premium identified as result of the premium audit process in 2013.According to the study, nearly half of participants plan to increase the number of physical audits conducted in 2014 and that the increased workload and staffing are the primary challenges faced by premium audit operations. The study results include benchmarks segmented for workers' compensation, multi-line commercial writers and by account size.Mono-line workers' compensation carriers in the study spend 80 percent more on premium audit than multi-line commercial carriers.Additionally, workers' compensation carriers conduct 93 percent more audits and rely more heavily on physical audits.Large account carriers also rely more heavily on physical audits at a cost that is 60 percent more than physical audits at smaller account carriers.The larger exposure base for large accounts provides cost justification for the difference in frequency compared to small accounts carriers. Other notable observations from the study include: Online audits are conducted more frequently by mono-line workers' compensation carriers Better mail and online auditaccuracy and completion rates achieved by the mono-line workers' compensation carriers Multi-line carriers were more likely to maintain or increase their reliance on vendors Multi-line carriers were less successful implementing payroll reporting For more information or to purchase a copy of results for the Premium Audit Practices Study , visit the firm's website at www.wardinc.com . About Ward Group Ward Group, a McLagan/Aon Hewitt company, is the leading provider of benchmarking and best practices studies for insurance companies.The firm analyzes staff levels, compensation, expenses and business practices for all areas of insurance company operations and helps companies to measure results, optimize performance and improve profitability. For more information about Ward Group and the Ward Research Center, visit www.wardinc.com .
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